Law Society of Alberta
  • Member (1965 - present)
  • Bencher (1980 - 1990) Responsibilities included the following:
  • Chair, Education Committee (1984 - 1985)
  • Member, Executive Committee (1984, 1985)
  • Member, Discipline Committee (1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2011)
  • Chair, Legal Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee (1983)
  • Chair, Paralegal Personnel Committee (1978 - 1985)
  • Chair, Joint Committee of Law Society and Attorney General
    on Unauthorized Practice (1984, 1985)
  • Vice-Chair, Finance Committee (1986)
  • Vice-Chair, Competence Committee (1986)
  • Vice-Chair, Joint Library Committee (1986)
  • Chair, Competence Committee (1987)
  • Chair, Joint Library Committee (1987, 1988, 1989)
  • Vice-Chair, Insurance Committee (1988)
  • Chair, Court Reporting Services Committee (1988)
  • Chair, Committee on Custodianships (1989)
  • Chair, Paralegal and Unauthorized Practice Committee (1989)
Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member (1980 - present)

Law Society of the Northwest Territories

  • Member (1978 - present)
  • Member, Discipline Committee (2000 - present)
Law Society of Yukon
  • Member (1992 - present)
  • Member, Discipline Committee (2005 - 2010)
Canadian Bar Association
  • Honorary Member
  • National Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association (September 1994 - August 1999)
  • Member, National Executive (1994-1999)
  • Chair, Finance and Planning Directorate (1994-1999)
  • Table Officer (1994-1999)
  • Chair, Triennial Review Process (1994-1999)
  • Director, Law for the Future Fund (1994-2014)
  • Chair Investment Steering Committee (1997-1999)
  • Member Alberta Branch Council (1994-1999)
  • Treasurer, Canadian Bar Foundation (1994-1999)
  • Treasurer, CBA Services Inc. (1994-1999)
  • Member, Annual Conference Committees (1994-1999)
  • Member, Mid-Winter Meeting Committees (1994-1999)
  • Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (1997-1999)
  • Director, Canadian Bar Insurance Association (1999 - 2005)
  • Past member, Executive of National Sections Council
  • Past Chair, National Sections Council
  • Past Vice National Chair, National Construction Law Section
  • Past National Chair, National Construction Law Section
  • Member, National Council (1991-1999)
  • Member, South Alberta Construction Law Section, Senior Lawyers Section,
    and the ADR Section
  • One of the founding members of the South Alberta Construction Law Section
  • Past Member, Provincial Council (Alberta)
  • Member, British Columbia Construction Law Section
  • Member, Task Force on Pilot Projects on National Sections
  • Past Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee (Alberta Branch)
  • Participated in various Mid-Winter Meetings Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Speaker at various National Canadian Bar Association Conferences on Construction Law
  • Panellist on Construction Law at various Annual Meetings of Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Mid-Winter Review Advisory Committee
  • Recipient of the Treasurer's Award in August 2001 from the Canadian Bar Association
    for his years of service as National Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association from 1994 to 1999
American Bar Association
  • Member (1978 - present)
  • Section of International Law and Practice
  • Forum on the Construction Industry
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member
  • Founding Fellow and Past Governor
Alberta Construction Association
  • Member
  • Represented the Alberta Construction Association on various Government Committees relating to builders' lien legislation including the committee resulting in the 1985 amendments
  • Recently a member of further Alberta Construction Association sub-committee dealing with possible Builders' Lien Act amendments
Canadian Construction Association
  •  Member

Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta

  • First lawyer member of Association
  • Counsel for Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta
  • Named member of "Old Timers" Club which is a club of Mechanical Contractors Association members who have given service to the industry (only non-service member)
Calgary Construction Association
  • First lawyer member of Association
  • Former member of the Bid Depository Committee and Government Liaison Committee
  • Named a "Champion of Education" by the Calgary Construction Association which has established a scholarship for an Apprentice in the name of W. Donald Goodfellow, Q.C.
University of Calgary Law School

  • Member, Faculty Council (1984, 1985)
Alberta Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Vice-President (1979 - 1983)
Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Member, Board of Directors (1984 - 1987)
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors (1985)

Bar Admission Course of Law Society of Alberta

  • Member, Advisory Committee (1976 - 1977)
  • Instructor, Builders' Liens (1973 - 2001)
  • Course Head, Real Property (1977 - 1981)
  • Course Head, Creditors' Rights (1982 - 1993)
  • In October 2001, awarded the Legal Education Society of Alberta 25th Anniversary Award for volunteer excellence for Southern Alberta for his contribution to the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Alberta as he has been a lecturer on builders' liens for the Bar Admission Course since 1971

Lecturer Osgoode Hall Law School of York University


  • Centre for Professional Development
  • Construction Law Specialist Program
Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • Member, President
  • Member, Board of Directors
Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA)
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, Arbitration Designation Committee for Alberta


Member of Institute of Arbitration and Mediation
of Canada, Inc. (ADRIC)


  • Involved in dispute resolution processes
    regarding construction and commercial matters.
  • Listed as "AV Preeminent" (1985 - present)
    - "A"–legal ability rating Very High to Preeminent
    - "V"–Very High general ethical standards rating
    - "AV" award for Thirty Years (1985 - 2015) - The pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource. Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
  • Listed as 2014 (98th Edition) Member of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers - exclusive to AV Preeminent Attorneys - those who have achieved the Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards (their wording, not mine!)
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since its inception in 2000. Listed as Most Frequently Recommended and Consistently Recommended. In the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Mr. Goodfellow is listed as one of the three Consistently Recommended leading construction practitioners in Calgary.
  • Listed in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the Construction Law Section under the heading "Boutique Firms" The Law Firm of W. Donald Goodfellow, Q.C. is "Repeatedly Recommended".
Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Listed as Best Lawyers - 2015 - Best Attorneys in Alberta Selected by Peer Review
Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide
  • Listed since 2000 as one of the Leading Lawyers in Construction in the "Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada". In the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada Mr. Goodfellow is one of few lawyers listed as Leading Construction Lawyers from Alberta.
Who's Who
  • Listed in the National Register's Who's Who.
  • Listed in the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers as one of the world's leading practitioners in construction law
  • Listed in the Who's Who of Business Lawyers Construction 2014
  • Listed in Who's Who of Business Lawyers Public Procurement 2014
  • Listed in the Who's Who Legal of Canadian Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd., United Kingdom). The 2010 edition states that Mr. Goodfellow was called "the dean" by one commentator and appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on several construction-related matters. The 2011 edition states that Mr. Goodfellow "is one of the big names in Canadian Construction law and garnered recommendations from around the country."
Canadian Lawyer
  • Rated by Canadian Lawyer in March 2006 edition as the third top construction law boutique in Canada.
Bertha Wilson Honour Society
  • Member, 2015